Essential Health with Lavender Oil

July 31, 2014

A restful night's sleep thanks to lavender oil

lavender essential oilMost of us in Montana pack a lot into our brief, and very special, summer days - hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, SUPing, camping, gardening, festival-going... and yoga?! Often yoga and a full, restful night sleep fall down on the priority list because we know there is a very looooong winter ahead of us! Yet sleep is important. Chronic sleep loss can lead to health problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure, and a decrease in the immune system's power, reports the Harvard Women's Health Watch.

Rather than reaching for a sleeping pill (with a terrible list of potential side effects) I prefer to reach into nature's medicine cabinet for lavender essential oil. I put a few drops in the diffuser at bedtime. I also love to mix it with lotion (non-scented all natural) and rub it on my feet and take legs-up-the-wall pose (Viparita Karani) for 10- 15 minutes before bed. Often my entire family takes part in this ritual. As a side note to parents looking for ways to help kids wind down, I highly recommend it! It sets the stage beautifully for storytime, prayers or whatever your pre-bed ritual may be.

Waking from a restful night's sleep, energized for the new day is something every body needs. It's not guaranteed, but certainly worth a try and lavender essential oil doesn't carry nasty side effects that over-the-counter meds usually do!

For more on the benefits of lavender oil check out the following studies:

  • Lavender essential oil was show to help relieve tension in the head and neck. Read more about the study here.
  • Lavender oil may help reduce feelings of anxiety. Read more here.
  • Lavender essential oil may promote better sleep.  Check out the study here.

- by Turi Hetherington

For more information on essential oils, place an order visit or to set up a one-on-one consultation contact me . I love integrating the oils into my yoga classes and into my daily life – sharing them with friends and family, offering natural solutions to support a healthy lifestyle now and for years to come.

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